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It is a well-known fact that it’s easier and less expensive to sell more products to existing customers than to try to acquire new customers. One of the ways you can do this is to cross-sell. Cross-selling can be highly profitable because it deepens the customer relationship. It also gives you a host of additional products to upsell the customer over time.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Spring cleaning

With the first day of Spring just around the corner, that means more than just warm weather and blooming flowers. This is the perfect time of year to reevaluate your marketing strategies from the beginning of the new year. Giving your business a fresh perspective will allow your marketing strategy to bloom not just during spring, but year round. With the term “spring cleaning” being very popular during this next month, why limit your spring cleaning efforts to just your office space and house? Here are a few suggestions on how to “clean up” your marketing strategies.

Creating a Strong Brand

When learning from other companies’ marketing campaigns, it’s important to look at what they do well. However, it’s important to look at what they get wrong, too. This way, you don’t unintentionally undermine the positive steps you’re taking. Let’s look at 5 things not to do when it comes to brand management.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Blogging

What is blog marketing? Well, the term “blog” comes from a combination of the words “web” and “log”, which used to be known as a “weblog”, and now is just known as “blog”. There are many different types of blogs, such as personal blogs, advice blogs, cooking blogs, fashions blogs, and business blogs. The purpose of blog marketing is to reach a business’ target market through the use of their blog. Today, blog marketing has become very popular for businesses to integrate into their marketing tactics. The blog is intended to draw people onto your company’s site through the topics of your blog. The purpose of a blog makes it ideal for marketing since they provide new content that brings people back and offers a way for clients/consumers and businesses to interact. Here are just a few of the benefits blog marketing provides.

Inkjet Printer

Do you think of digital printing as an output technology or a marketing model? The reality is, it’s both. If you don’t think of digital printing this way, maybe you need to think more broadly about digital print.

Traditionally, marketers have used digital presses to save money and “right size” their print volumes. Print on demand and just in time document management save companies tons of money every year. Marketers who are thinking only in terms of production, however, are missing opportunities to think from a strategic marketing perspective, as well.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Customer Service

Customer Service should be a no-brainer for most businesses, but for many it is hard to grasp what their customers truly want out of their experience. If you think of the saying, “Put yourself in their shoes”, this is a great saying to remind yourself of every so often, when working with customers.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Work quality

If only there were more hours in the day to get everything done, wouldn’t that be great? Do you ever feel like there isn’t enough time to complete all of your work? Well, you aren’t alone. Until there is a way for us to add more hours in the day, we will just have to make the most of the hours we do have. This can be especially hard when a typical work day is 8 AM to 5 PM, and we have other obligations that keep us from working longer. It is imperative we utilize our 8-hour work day to produce our best work on time. Here are some suggestions on how you can work smarter with what time you do have.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Business people racing for success

With 2017 already here, it is important to take some time to think about how your business can improve their marketing this year. Hopefully, your company already has some idea of what they want to accomplish in terms of marketing this year. With that being said, success in marketing depends mostly on what your company puts into their marketing plan. Evaluating your company’s marketing down falls from the previous year, will help you to better plan for your marketing goals in 2017. Having a successful marketing plan in place for 2017 will make certain you're distributing your resources effectively, improving and developing your business, and distinguishing your company from its competitors in the industry. Check out these marketing tips that are sure to bring your company success in 2017!

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Get organized!

As the new year begins, so does trade show season. No matter what industry you’re in, there is probably a trade show for your business to attend. There are so many meticulous details that go into planning a successful trade show. Unfortunately, you will mostly likely be overloaded with information, deadlines, and forms to fill out. That is why it is important to have a plan when organizing a trade show, especially because you want to get the most out of what it has to offer. With that being said, according to graphiccolor.com, “91% of attendees tell us they get the most useful buying info from trade shows and events.” So, why not put your best foot forward and plan a successful trade show. It is best to be prepared for the trade shows you’re planning on attending months in advance. So, here are a couple tips to help you on your journey to success.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Happy New Year!

With 2017 quickly approaching, it is time to start thinking about all of our New Year’s resolutions. Typically, people choose to work out more, travel, pick up a hobby, eat better, or spend more time with family and friends. Whatever your new year resolution goal may be, don’t forget about your professional new year resolutions as well. Setting these goals prior to the upcoming year will bring your company and professional career a multitude of success.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Team leader

Is your company wanting to stand out on social media? It seems to be getting harder and harder to stand out on social media these days. With millions of different companies trying to achieve the same goal, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. There are many different types of social networks. The most popular sites are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest. To stand out on social media, your company should pick the social media networks that would work best to reach your target audience. The key is to not sign up for every social media network just because you think your company should be on each one for maximum exposure. It is best to utilize the ones that will be a benefit to you and your customers. Now, here are four ways to stand out on social media:

Written by Elizabeth Woods with content from visual.ly

Which do you prefer: print or digital marketing? There are definitely benefits to both, it just depends what works best for your company’s needs. Many companies believe print is dying out and digital marketing will eventually take over, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to visual.ly,"78% of people who receive direct mail either read or scan it and 11.55% of marketing emails are actually opened". This statistic shows that print in fact is not dying out. On the flip side, it is clear that we are a technology driven society. Who doesn’t love the convenience of sending an email newsletter or email blast compared to the tedious process of sending out a direct mail campaign.But, instead of picking between them, why not incorporate both print and digital into your marketing plan.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Christmas Decor

It always seems like the holidays sneak up on us faster and faster each year. They also seem to bring the best out of people — everyone is filled with cheer, gratitude, and compassion. That being said, the holidays are a perfect time to connect with family, friends, customers, and future prospects. For this reason, your company should have a killer marketing campaign, since people base their buying decisions on their emotions. Marketers can leverage these feelings to engage with their customers on an emotional level and build trust and credibility. The holidays are always a popular time to market, so it’s important to put some thought into your campaign. As you must know, there is a lot of spending during the holidays, which means you want to get your customers to spend their money with your company, and not your competitors.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Thank You

As you already know, this Thursday, November 24th is Thanksgiving Day, which is a national celebrated holiday in The United States and Canada. Thanksgiving was originally intended to set aside a day to give thanks for harvest and the preceding year. In 2016 and the beginning of 2017, Thanksgiving may represent different things as originally envisioned, but the universal message has always been the same, which is to give thanks. It is always important to show your appreciation for your family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else who plays an important role in your life. Just as important as it is to be thankful for your customers. As tradition tells us, the simplest things seem to mean the most. Especially when it feels like “giving thanks” is becoming more and more rare. A good motto to remember is: Happy customer, happy business.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Crowd

It seems like in this new age of technology every company is trying to reach the same finish line, which is effectively communicating with their target audience. Have you ever wondered, “Am I actually reaching the people I want to?” or “Does anyone actually look at our website or social media accounts?”. If you have ever wondered about these questions, then I’m sure you’re with the other 90% of companies who are thinking the same thing. There are many different ways to target your audience, but it’s correctly engaging with your audience that truly matters. They may look at your website, social media accounts, or blog, but are they truly being engaged by them.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Dos and Don’ts

Are you in a rut trying to design your logo? It's commonly assumed that, when choosing a logo design, you must focus all your attention on the colors, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. While the color of your logo is important, there are other forms of design that should be equally considered. A logo refers to a symbol that is created for the purpose of being identifiable. It is always important to remember that your logo should act as a visual word which will make it easy for people to identify your business. This article will cover different aspects that should be considered when designing your logo.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

 

Does the way you train employees seem outdated or inefficient? If that's the case, then you’ve come to the right place. There are many ways to train employees, but which is the best way? There is no definitive way on how to train an employee, it simply is what works best for your business. It also depends on how much energy and time you’re willing to invest in their success.

Written by Elizabeth Woods

Marketing videos

Have you ever wondered, “Should I start using video marketing?” or “Is it even worth my time to create videos to market?”. If you answered yes to either of these questions, then it’s probably time you adopt video marketing. There are statistics to prove that if your business does start utilizing video marketing it will help increase visitors to your website, increase your sales, and increase an overall understanding of the products and services your business provides! Here are some of those statistics...

Written by Karen McCleve with content from Business Insider

Prioritize

Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in your day? Do you ever wonder how those successful people that run multi-million dollar corporations, or dozens of franchises do it all? How they manage it all and keep tabs on everything going on? Are they human or are they hiding a secret from us?

There’s one thing that every successful person learns how to do: prioritize. Don’t let little things keep you from getting done what’s on the top of your list. To do this, simplify. Make anything you do on a consistent basis as easy and simple as possible while still effectively getting the task done.

Written by Karen McCleve

Typewriter

There are ever-increasing channels of communication, starting from classic handwritten and wax sealed envelopes delivered by horse, moving up to good old pen, paper and postage, rotary phones, car phones, pagers, magazines, newspapers, the brick phone, instant message, text messages, DMs… communication has exploded. What once took weeks now takes seconds. Millions of messages are sent and received around the world. There are so many, that often times, people may feel there’s too many — too many pointless, generic communications across all channels.

No doubt everyone has had their email spammed, or wish that so many random companies didn’t know the address of their house to send them junk mail too often. The annoyance to these messages is simple: their message doesn’t matter to you and you don’t want to hear it. Who in their right mind would want to be constantly pestered by a complete random stranger? The sense of sincerity is lost and the attitude of "they’re only sending me this because they want me to buy something" eliminates any chance of even glancing at the next item that comes your way.